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Posted: Sep 15, 2017
Categories: Fraud
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What Credit Unions Need to Tell Employees and Members

Another day, another breach – the Equifax Cyber Attack.  But wait, this is no ordinary breach that can be fixed by issuing a new card and blocking the card that was compromised. No, this is a whale of a tale of a breach.  The Mother of all breaches.  This was credit bureau data including consumer social security numbers, addresses, accounts, birth dates, and maybe driver’s license information, etc.  Are you one of the 143M consumers who may be affected by the cyber attack?

Don’t think you have an Equifax file? Think back to any time you have answered an “out of wallet” question online to self-identify yourself.  All those questions about “what street did you live on in 1985” or “what type of car did you have a loan on in 2004” are out of wallet questions that most likely came from Equifax, TransUnion or Experian.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

How credit unions can make their members data less valuable on the dark web.

The dark web has been in existence since the 1990’s but has become a household word lately through ads from identity protection companies that offer to monitor the dark web. The ads warn a subscription-paying customer if their data may have been compromised and put up for sale.

The dark web is where fraudsters conveniently sell breached data such as usernames and passwords, credit and debit card data, alongside complete identities, passports, drugs, guns, and worse. The dark web, and the crimes associated with it, is a big and sophisticated business. There are fraudsters that

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Posted: Aug 10, 2017
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An update on credit or debit EMV chip cards

Fallback occurs when a credit or debit EMV chip card cannot be read at a chip terminal when inserted and is processed by swiping the mag stripe. Fallback is typically seen in a market where EMV is first being introduced. An incorrectly configured terminal, terminals that are not set up to process “chip and PIN”, terminals that have not been programmed to route transactions over some networks, and in rare cases, defective chips within the card, are all potential or legitimate reasons for a chip card to not be capable of being read properly at the terminal. In these cases permitting the cardholder to complete the transaction by swiping the mag stripe card at the terminal seems like the proper way to minimize customer inconvenience.
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Posted: Jun 21, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Virtual cards provide members with a temporary card number for secure online shopping.

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CUInsight.com and has been modified.] 

It’s well known that as chip cards and chip card readers are putting a big dent in fraud conducted at the point-of-sale (counterfeit fraud), the bad guys are shifting their efforts to committing fraud online. E-commerce fraud (52%) clearly outweighs swiped fraud (28%) on credit cards, with debit card fraud still experiencing swiped fraud since not as many debit cards have been reissued with chips – that will change by the end of this year. Meanwhile, ecommerce breaches are popping up in the news with increasing frequency.

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Posted: May 25, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Data thieves turn to Bluetooth technology at the gas pump.

Going old school for a moment to copy an expression used by Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for Control, who ended most shows by lamenting about the bad guys: “If only they had used their powers for good instead of evil”. And so it goes in the case of the internet of things.

Skimmers have been a source of breached credit and debit cards since before 2010. Primitive skimmers were bulky and unreliable. Later skimmers that were inserted behind the cover of the gas pump or the ATM were not easily detected. Having security tape with a warning “Please report any broken seals to the cashier“ puts the burden on the customer to be wary of, and alert for skimmers, and put a damper on the rapid growth of skimmers at the pump – that is, until the internet of things came into popularity.

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